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Reducing malware risks with the new Safe Documents feature in Microsoft 365

A new cyber-security feature in Microsoft 365 called Safe Documents is slowly rolling out to users. Safe Documents leverages the artificial intelligence and machine learning features of Microsoft global cloud infrastructure to automatically check Microsoft Office documents such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word against known risks and threats before ...

Why you should use the new Microsoft Edge web browser

There's no denying Microsoft knows how to make a good web browser; just ask any former Netscape employee. But for years, the Google Chrome browser has dominated the browser market. In 2008, Microsoft had 60% of the global market share in web browsers. Google released their Chrome browser that same year but quickly displaced Microsoft as ...

Avoid the Microsoft end of support apocalypse of 2020

As of the writing of this blog, IT departments are under pressure from the impending end of life (EOL) for Microsoft Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. While nobody predicts a "Y2K" redux where PCs stop working, EOL means the over ten year-old PC operating system will no longer get software patches, including security updates, from Microsoft on Tuesda...

Are you ready for the new file sharing experience in Microsoft Teams?

If your organization uses Microsoft Office 365 (or the Microsoft 365 bundles), then chances are that you've been spending more of your time collaborating in Microsoft Teams. In just the past couple of years, Microsoft Teams has quickly evolved from a business-oriented chat to the premier hub for teamwork. That's mostly due to Teams' deep integrati...

How your business can use Microsoft Teams Rooms to have more inclusive meetings

Today's data-driven economy requires a modern workplace where employees and teams work from anywhere. It doesn't matter if you're an executive or an engineer, chances are you spend a lot of your day collaborating with others in meetings. Like it or not, meetings are a necessity for business. But in a modern workplace where so many of us work remot...

How Microsoft 365 enables your business to ditch passwords

You run a cloud first, all digital business. That means you think of cybersecurity as a must rather than an afterthought for your company's IT. And it also means a lot of your employees are frustrated by your insistence on strong passwords. Not only are eight to twelve random alphanumeric characters difficult for hackers to guess, they are also ha...

How to rescue your business from the Windows 7 EOL

Every product has a life cycle. For example, the software product life cycle starts with initial development, goes to general availability, and ends with a final stage where product support ends and the software is retired. This retirement or "end of life" (EOL) is the point where the software developer can no longer bear the increasing costs for ...

How to spot FAKE virus alerts in Windows (and how to get past them)

Virus alert from Microsoft, blares from the pop-up window in your web browser. All you did was place an innocuous search for an item or some other research on your work computer. But now your screen is full of warnings such as: "A harmful virus has been detected on your computer" or some other such "suspicious activity." According to everything yo...

Enterprise Mobility & Security = Peace of mind for your business

Many IT departments large and small increasingly must support a more diverse and geographically-dispersed workforce that works using any device. This presents a new challenge for both the small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) and the large enterprises with traditional IT departments. How can you keep your employees' devices secure on the corporate netwo...

Drop Dropbox to optimize online business collaboration

Some new Office 365 customers have asked us for advice on ditching their old consumer Dropbox accounts and using OneDrive For Business as an integrated enterprise-grade shared file collaboration solution for their company. While we have blogged in the past about typical OneDrive For Business and SharePoint Online storage usage scenarios, this is an ex...

The killer feature in Microsoft Teams your business should be using

An Amaxra consultant relayed an interesting customer insight recently when an Office 365 customer requested information on Microsoft Teams. "Maybe this is because I'm Generation X," the customer confessed to our consultant. "But I really don't 'get' Microsoft Teams. I just know all of the Millennials keep trying to use Slack on our network, so I n...

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